We live in a day and age when our love for food knows no bounds! So much so, that people want and expect restaurant like food at home even… lunch, dinner, breakfast included.
Now, while that’s all good, all of us who’ve toiled away in the kitchen know that cooking is no easy feat. So it’s always good to have that extra help on board.
Enter – Kitchen Appliances!
Oh, all those mixers and grinders and what not make kitchen life not only easy but fun even.
In this buying guide, we take you through the world of Food Processors and show you just how much they can and do ease being in the kitchen.
What does a juicer do?
Juicers are appliances which separate the pulp from the main fruit by extracting the juice and discarding the remains. Juicers make it convenient to consume raw foods, their USP being they retain the nutrition of the fruits.
1. Reamers – These have a conical centre on which citrus fruits like oranges and sweet limes have to be pressed in order to extract the juice. Some reamers are manual in which the consumer has to press the fruit down and turn it on the conical centre, whereas the automatic ones require close to no physical effort.
2. Centrifugal Juicer – A centrifugal juicer has a flat blade in the centre that cuts the fruit into half. It then starts to churn the halves at high speeds to separate the juice from the fruit.
3. Masticating Juicer – A masticating juicer has a single knife which first cuts the fruit into two halves, then with increasing speed it cuts the fruit into tiny bits before finally extracting all the juice from the fruit/vegetable.
4. Twin Gear Juicers – They are similar to masticating juicers, but have twin knives which only help in cutting down the fruit faster.
What does a mixer do?
A mixer may either be handheld or fitted onto a stand. It performs the task of churning fruits and vegetables so that they are reduced to a puree or paste which can be then added to meals.
1. Hand mixers: Hand mixers have handles or curves that can be gripped easily. The upper part is the handle while the lower part is the motor area which also has the blade attached to it. Most of the times, hand mixers are electric and the motor starts once the device is plugged in and the button on the handheld device is turned on. Commonly the motor has a fixed speed and works well on soft fruits like bananas; it is also apt for beating eggs and whipping cream.
2. Stand mixer: These are the more traditional and most widely used mixers in which the main, detachable jar is fitted onto a stationary motor/stand. These mixers come with multiple re-attachable jars of various sizes which are to be used as per the ingredient that needs to be churned. For example, if you want to puree tomatoes the taller jar is to be used whereas for making green chutney, the shorter one must be used.
Just like hand mixers, these too work on electricity.
What does a grinder do?
No more bruised fingers and no more sweating it out while tediously trying to dice and chop onions, carrots, radishes! Ladies & Gentlemen, say hello to the grinder. Grinders completely eliminate the job of using knives and make cutting and mincing a whole lot easier. Coffee grinders, meat mincers and wet grinders are the most common type of grinders; the last two are the more widely used ones.
1. Meat Grinder or Mincer: Meat grinders consist of a screw which is placed in the main body of the grinder. These are convenient for mincing/dicing raw or cooked meat and rough vegetables. All you have to do is place the raw ingredient in a funnel which lies above the grinder; on turning it on, the meat/vegetable passes down the funnel and is minced by the screw fixed in the grinder. At the bottom of the grinder lies a ‘hole plate’; depending on the quality of mincing, the meat passes through the holes in the plate and then comes out of the machine.
Some grinders allow you to change the hole plate, making it possible for you to decide on the thickness/thinness of the raw ingredient you want minced. As far as cleaning is concerned, most grinders can easily be dismantled, cleaned and assembled back together.
2. Wet grinder: A wet grinder is similar to a mixer, but with sharper and stronger blades which work well on hard ingredients like lentils and nuts. It is termed so since it uses water (or vegetable stock even) for churning the ingredient and converting it into a thick/thin paste.
All-in-one Food Processors
What does a food processor do?
Pretty evidently, an all-in-one food processor gives you the pleasure of mixing, juicing, grinding, beating, everything in one device! A food processor has a larger and longer bowl, one that can accommodate every kind of product from juice to meat. It also consists of interchangeable blades, which you can use as per your convenience depending upon the food being processed.
While many may consider the all-in-one food processor to be the ultimate choice since it allows all kinds of processing, you must first decide what you need the food-processor for. While an all-in-one definitely gets all the work done it may also be more expensive as compared to a basic juicer or mixer. Depending on whether you churn, grind or do-it-all often, choose wisely.
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